Master of Science in Economics
The master’s programme in Economics combines advanced analytical tools with policy applications. As an economics student at the University of Gothenburg, you will meet knowledgeable and dedicated teachers and classmates from all around the world. During the two years, you will develop your knowledge to a new level, and almost all our graduates now hold advanced positions where they make use of the skills they achieved during their studies.
Economics helps you analyze societal issues and enables you to offer
advice in both policy and corporate contexts. From big questions such as
climate change and world poverty, to how competitiveness affects a
firm’s profitability, to how people would alter their behaviour after a
tax cut, economics is highly relevant for many issues in society.
A broad and balanced program
Our programme balances a rigorous theoretical education and strong research connections with opportunities to learn a vocational skillset during applied courses and internships. You will develop institutional knowledge and practical tools to analyze common economic problems in markets and organizations, including issues such as taxes, externalities, public goods, competition, and information problems. Our programme provides a particular opportunity to focus on sustainability, and our collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, also in Gothenburg, allows you to take sustainability courses from disciplines other than pure economics.
Tailor your education to your interests
The programme offers much flexibility. Through a number of elective
courses, you can specialize in demanding theoretical courses that
prepare you for PhD studies, or choose more applied courses. Our
electives present you with several subfields within economics, such as
environmental, development, and behavioural economics. The possibility
to choose electives outside of economics provides an opportunity to
tailor your education to complement your economic skillset with broader
expertise in sustainability, statistics, or business. We also offer
Actively engaged teachers
The department within Economics is ranked among the top 100 in the world and is number 2 in Sweden in terms of research, with teachers actively engaged within and outside the university. This active engagement ensures that our
programme corresponds to state-of-the-art research. Additionally, our
teachers’ relations with society ensure that the tools they teach are
relevant for analysis and decision support in a range of contexts,
including private firms, international organizations, and the public
sector. Actively using the type of skills you will learn during the
programme, our teachers advise multinational pharmaceutical companies on
pricing, serve as competition law judges, work with the World Bank, and
serve in the IPCC.
Economics is an international field, and with that comes an international job
market once you have your degree. In our programme, you will meet
students and teachers from all over the world, and may gain even more
international experience by choosing to go abroad for an exchange
semester at any of our many partner universities. A special opportunity
is our Double Degree agreements. If you apply for a Double Degree, you will study
one year in Gothenburg and one year abroad, receiving a full degree from
each university. More programme specific information about possibilities to study abroad can be found under Exchange opportunities.
Programme structure and content
The first semester covers the fundamentals of economic analysis and
consists of mandatory core courses in Math, Econometrics, and Micro- and
During the second and third semesters, most courses are elective. Our large variety of elective courses provides an opportunity to tailor your education to your particular interest, for example focusing on core economic questions or gaining expertise in sustainability issues. We offer both research-oriented courses and more practice-oriented ones. You can also choose to do an internship with an firm or organization.
The third semester ends with two mandatory courses - Economic Research Process and Applied Econometrics - which prepare you for both for your final thesis and the future job market.
The fourth semester is dedicated to your master´sthesis, where you apply your acquired skills to analyze relevant economic questions and have the opportunity to reflect the specialization you built throughout previous semesters.